Prism Sound is launching Callia, a PCM and DSD capable DAC,
pre-amplifier and headphone amp, to bring the top sound quality from
the professional recording studio into the home environment for the
very best in digital music reproduction.
Callia is a compact state-of-the-art unit for use in no compromise high quality home audio systems. It offers inherent flexibility with an impressive array of high resolution inputs including USB (UAC2 over USB 2 or later), Coaxial RCA Phono (supporting S/PDIF and AES3-id or AES3 with suitable adaptor) and S/PDIF OPTICAL equipped digital devices. For analogue audio outputs, Callia offers both balanced XLR as well as unbalanced RCA phono connectors on the rear panel. The output volume can be set via the volume control in order to use the Callia as a pre-amp straight into a power amp, or optionally fixed for use with integrated and pre/power combos.
Headphone users are also catered for with a very high quality headphone amplifier with its own separate high-quality volume control potentiometer. Flexibility of headphone choice is assured, thanks to the low impedance of the headphone output, making it suitable for use with virtually all headphone types for the best possible reproduction from connected digital sources.
High quality, extensively refined DAC circuits identical to the ones found in the company’s professional Lyra, Titan and Atlas recording interfaces deliver stunning resolution and detail, allowing music to be reproduced exactly as it sounded in the studio or recording location. Now listeners at home can enjoy music played on a device designed by the same Prism Sound team with the same attention to detail and transparency that the world’s top artistes, engineers and producers rely upon.
Digital signals up to 32 bit (USB only), 384kHz are catered for, alongside DSD processing, making Callia compatible with all major music releases. Its DSD credentials are without equal, since Prism Sound’s professional ADA-8XR has long been the DSD conversion tool of choice in many of the world's top SACD mastering studios, so using similar architecture in the Callia makes it the perfect choice for DSD reproduction in the home.
Graham Boswell, sales and marketing director, says, “For 30 years we have been at the forefront of A/D and D/A converter technology. Our products are found all over the world, with so much of our favourite music and movie scores having been recorded, mixed or mastered using Prism Sound professional converters.”
He continues, “We wanted to bring this level of quality and transparency into the home to enable the modern music lover and audiophile to benefit from hearing their recordings in exactly the same way as the original artiste, engineer or producer. With a development of the Prism Sound USB audio platform for the Lyra professional recording interface, we are now able to do so. Callia notches the bar higher for digital audio reproduction and we are very pleased to be able to now share our acclaimed studio quality conversion with home users.”
Prism Sound launched Callia at HIGH END, Munich earlier this month. Callia has a MSRP of Ł1495 (plus VAT or duties and taxes as applicable).